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Restaurant worker tipped herself with prepaid credit cards, police say

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – An employee at a North Carolina restaurant collected more than a dozen tips of more than $100 – in one case $500 – but not because of exceptional service, according to police.

Leah Marie Wehrmann, 25, faces 14 felony counts of obtaining property under false pretense after police say she obtained $3,734.28 “through tips” from a restaurant in Asheville.

None of the 14 counts involved customers’ money, according to Asheville Police Department spokeswoman Christina Hallingse. She said investigators believe Wehrmann was “using prepaid Visa cards that she was purchasing with her own money and putting extravagant tips on.”

According to her arrest warrants, which were served late last week, Wehrmann charged excessive tips to 14 separate credit cards – ranging from $59.16 to $539.58. All but one tip was over $100. Police did not list in warrants when the alleged fraudulent tips were charged.

Wehrmann charged the tips knowing that the cards didn’t have the amount of funds available, according to arrest warrants.

Investigation into the matter is ongoing, Hallingse said.

Representatives from the restaurant were unable to comment on the matter.

Wehrmann was released on a $50,000 bond.

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